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impactthroughmusic:

I wish I could say I didn’t see this coming.

When the Goldieblox video went viral about a week ago (it now has more than 8 million views) I thought the combination of a positive social message and a unique spin on the popular Beastie Boys song “Girls” was a win-win. It empowered girls and…

Lots of parents have posted the Goldblox video. And I’ll admit it, I was taken in by the adorable engineers-in-the-making (never-mind the fact that the product is still pink and purple…barf.) However, the use of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” without permission is seriously problematic. They claim that their video is parody and not advertisement. Who are they kidding? I don’t know a single person who saw that video as anything other than a clever ad. Anyhow, if your are curious about the story and why it is messed up, this is a great analysis.

Halloween is upon us, and already I’m seeing some pretty racist and messed up costumes. But from past experiences, I’d say this problem isn’t limited to drunken twenty-somethings. Parents all too often shove their adorable, pudgy babies and toddlers into culturally insensitive costumes. If you hope someone of a different race or ethnicity doesn’t see your kid in their costume… Then don’t let them wear it!! These lessons start early. There are tons of cute animals and literary characters your kid can dress up as without offending anyone or sending your kid the message that cultural appropriation and stereotyping is ok.

bestnatesmithever:

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Dogs imitate crawling baby. [video]

Dogs can walk within a week of being born. These dogs are mocking this human baby.

This isn’t mocking, it’s an invitation to play! Dogs crawl like this when they are inviting a more dominant dog to play. As pack animals, it is more likely that these huskies have decided that the baby is one of them and they are all offering someone more dominant (probably the parent) to play. This is a great example of dogs that are well bonded to their baby. They’ll be a happy family!

bestnatesmithever:

4gifs:

Dogs imitate crawling baby. [video]

Dogs can walk within a week of being born. These dogs are mocking this human baby.

This isn’t mocking, it’s an invitation to play! Dogs crawl like this when they are inviting a more dominant dog to play. As pack animals, it is more likely that these huskies have decided that the baby is one of them and they are all offering someone more dominant (probably the parent) to play. This is a great example of dogs that are well bonded to their baby. They’ll be a happy family!

Men have a crucial role to play in quashing sexism and helping achieve gender equality, says John Brougher, founder of MaleFeminists.com.

Now that’s what I call an ally! Anyone who questions the value of feminism, or the need for it, should read this. And it is coming from a dude. Go male feminists!

This is a great (yet sad) story. Important lesson for kids to remember: sometimes parents can be wrong, too. 
coordinatebraintomouth:

Today I let one of the girls at my internship paint my nails. A few girls exclaimed, “that’s weird!” and one boy timidly asked, “are you actually letting her paint your nails?” I told them that boys are allowed to paint their nails and asked them who told them they couldn’t? None of them had an answer. And one-by-one the boys came over to the nail painting station and started doing their own nails, and each others nails, and one boy even got really excited and asked if he could do my other hand and it was just a really cool thing to see.  When the parents came to pick up the kids, the boy who had enthusiastically painted my nails, started scraping off his nail polish. I asked him why he was doing that an he said that one time he wore his sister’s nail polish and his dad gave him a “whoopin’”. And then, in the meekest voice I’ve very heard, he whispers, “but next time I come to [the program], I think I’ll just paint them again, anyways… I think sometimes parents can be wrong about stuff too.” I half-smiled and whispered back, “I think you might be right.” And helped him take the rest off with nail polish remover.
And that was the coolest moment of my day.

This is a great (yet sad) story. Important lesson for kids to remember: sometimes parents can be wrong, too. 

coordinatebraintomouth:

Today I let one of the girls at my internship paint my nails. A few girls exclaimed, “that’s weird!” and one boy timidly asked, “are you actually letting her paint your nails?” I told them that boys are allowed to paint their nails and asked them who told them they couldn’t? None of them had an answer. And one-by-one the boys came over to the nail painting station and started doing their own nails, and each others nails, and one boy even got really excited and asked if he could do my other hand and it was just a really cool thing to see.
When the parents came to pick up the kids, the boy who had enthusiastically painted my nails, started scraping off his nail polish. I asked him why he was doing that an he said that one time he wore his sister’s nail polish and his dad gave him a “whoopin’”. And then, in the meekest voice I’ve very heard, he whispers, “but next time I come to [the program], I think I’ll just paint them again, anyways… I think sometimes parents can be wrong about stuff too.” I half-smiled and whispered back, “I think you might be right.” And helped him take the rest off with nail polish remover.

And that was the coolest moment of my day.

(via stophatingyourbody)